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The Pros of Blogging {Blogging As A Business}

September 3, 2014

I bet you thought I was a total Negative Nancy by posting all about the Cons of Blogging and then left you hanging. You might be right. I AM a Negative Nancy but that doesn’t take away from the fact that when I step back and look objectively at being able to blog full-time I realize I am incredibly fortunate. Never in a million years did I expect to turn blogging into a living, but here I am. Sure, it has it’s tough moments but all-in-all the pros outweigh the cons.

The pros of blogging full-time // thehealthymaven.comI realize that some of the pros reflect both blogging as a business and also as a hobby. Before I start I want to clarify that I don’t think one is better than the other. For a long time blogging was a hobby for me too and I loved it as much then as I do now. The blog had changed quite a bit since making the transition from hobby to business, but my passion for it hasn’t. I love blogging. Here’s why:

1. The Community. Blogging would be nothing without this incredible community. My friends outside the blogging world don’t quite understand how I have friends all around the world who I speak to on a regular basis but those of you who are in it get it. Sure, the blogging community has it’s fair-share of drama but for the most part it is unbelievably supportive and loyal.

2. The Flexibility. I choose when I work and when I don’t. Ironically I find myself working harder and longer than in any other job I’ve had. Blogging full-time allows me to take a lunch break in the middle of the day to meet a friend for coffee but it can also mean working into the wee-hours of the night because there’s no one there telling you to go home. C forces me to shut down every night at 9:00 PM but if I had it my way I would probably work until 3:00 AM everyday.

3. I am My Own Boss. Turns out I’m a pretty self-motivated person. I have complete control of my schedule but also of my brand. Not only am I my own boss, but I am also head of content, marketing, accounting and craft services. So on some days I find myself on the phone with the CRA and other days I’m taste-testing cocktails at 1:00 PM. Of course I have to be weary of any moves I make because I am my own brand, but it also makes decision making easy because I do whatever my gut tells me to do.

I am the director, producer and actress of my own show!

I am the director, producer and actress of my own show!

4. I Set My Own Goals. As much as I am learning to enjoy the journey, I love a good challenge. What I felt was lacking in my previous jobs was precisely this. I never felt pushed beyond my boundaries or those boundaries were set by someone else. Blogging full-time means I get to decide which mountains I want to tackle and how quickly I want to push myself to get to the top of them. Some of these goals are a little crazy, like starting and publishing an ecookbook in 7 weeks. Others will happen in due time (hopefully!) like publishing a hardcover cookbook.

5. Learning is Endless. If you had asked me 3 years ago if I thought I would go back to school after undergrad I would have without a doubt said yes. Nowadays I don’t think I would. I always loved school because I loved to learn. In the last few years I’ve discovered that school is not necessary to learn. There is so much you can study and absorb outside the classroom. Every single day I learn something new whether it be in relation to blogging or social media, business and everything in between. I have also discovered how much I enjoy teaching, a position I never thought I would ever find myself in!

6. My Job is Mobile. I can work from anywhere! Well as long as there is WIFI. My daily commute is from my bedroom to my kitchen. Most of the time I find myself working right from my bed but should I want to get up and move to somewhere, I can. I’d love to live somewhere new someday. Those of you who know me well know exactly where I have my sights set 😉

Puppy-sitting while I edit my Cookies & Cream Banana Soft Serve pictures in bed!

7. I Have a Platform For Change. This is not something I anticipated when I started THM but the reality is that I have a platform to make my voice heard. Over 60k of you pass through each month and I want to ensure that everyone who does leaves here leaving empowered and uplifted. Whether it be helping you to make better food choices, encouraging you to get outside and get active or motivating you to make small changes in your blog or your career, I feel privileged to potentially play a small part in your journey.

8. Work Feels Like Play. “Choose a job you love and you will never have work a day in your life”. No one said it better than Confucius. I LOVE what I do and I’m fairly certain it shows to every person I interact with both virtually and in person. On my very first About Me page (it’s been updated several times since!) I wrote I would “like work to feel like play someday”. I could never in my wildest dreams guessed that it would happen so soon!

choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life. // thehealthymaven.com

Want to learn more about blogging? Check out some other posts I’ve written on the topic!

Does work feel like play to you? What pros would you add to this list?

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    Brittany
    September 4, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    Girrrrlll, you make blogging look GOOD. I say we take advantage of your mobility and get coffee….YES PLEASE.

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    GiGi Eats
    September 4, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    I LOVE BOSSING MYSELF AROUND!!! And sometimes when I misbehave, I put myself in the corner! HA HA HA! Or I just wear a dunce cap!

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    Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    September 4, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    It’s so funny reading this post after I saw you yesterday (oops, I’m a bit behind in my blog reading!) because I feel like we talked about so many of these points! You know I agree with you about loving the blog community. 😉

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    Alessandra // the foodie teen
    September 4, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    I love this post – makes me so grateful to be a blogger! It really is wonderful (although a little challenging at times!)

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    [email protected]
    September 4, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    The community is definitely the best! I love love love meeting bloggers. They are such great people! Love hearing all about your journey! 🙂

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    Cassie
    September 4, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    AHAHAHAHA my work does not feel like play. But you know what? One day it will. When we are neighbors in SF, just cooking and drinking wine all day and planning our next adventured, preferably which we are being paid to take. loveee you xoxo.

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    Mary Frances
    September 4, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    I couldn’t agree more on the flexibility and the fact that you can do it on the go (editing, writing, sharing anyways) And the community is huge! I don’t think I would blog if there wasn’t community. In fact, I know I wouldn’t. Excellent list and all spot on! PS <3 your pants SO much.

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    Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    September 3, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    YUP, loving all of the pros that you listed and totally agree with each one. Besides blogging and freelancing as side jobs, I also work from home full-time for my PR job, and the flexibility and mobility of it is so fabulous! I just booked a flight to see my family for 2+ weeks next month, but I have to take virtually no days of work off because I can work from anywhereeeee (with WiFi as you mentioned). I alternate between my office, kitchen table, kitchen breakfast bar, and living room couch as work spaces 🙂

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    Amy @ Long Drive Journey
    September 3, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    Haha we’re on the same page today thanks to my absentmindedness, and I love it! I also love what you said about using blogging to learn!! That is so true. I definitely consider myself a lifelong learner as well, and I hope to have a job in the future where I can continue to do that.

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    Lauren @ Sweat The Sweet Stuff
    September 3, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    I’m so proud of you Davida! You’ve really been shining lately and you’ve definitely inspired me to take it up a notch! I would love to chat with you sometime if you time? I’d like to know some more specifics on doing this full time.

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl
    September 3, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    Love your remark about wanting to work until 3AM, I’m the same way. My other half is like Ok time to get off the computer.. and I’m like NO! MUST MAKE POST! MUST COMMENT! MUST TWEET! Sometimes it’s so hard to get off!

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    Kim
    September 3, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    The last one is my favorite!!! We tell our boys all the time that the most important thing when picking a career/job/whatever they do is that they should love it!!! So important!!!
    You are definitely an inspiration to many!!!

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